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Date: Monday, May 21, 2007

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Dean Stern Updates Faculty, Staff at Recent Faculty Forum

Dean David Stern, MD, noted how the College of Medicine was “one of the special treasures” in Cincinnati during his May 15 Faculty Forum presentation “Times of Change.” During the discussion, Stern provided updates on the college’s strategic planning initiative, which is being done in collaboration with UC Physicians and University Hospital, as well as Cincinnati Children’s and the VA. For example, he said “town hall” meetings will begin soon to keep everyone engaged in the planning process. Other updates were provided on the ongoing review of UC Physicians by ECG Management Consultants and recruitment efforts for several department chairs. Look for coverage of the dean’s presentation in the June issue of Findings, available June 7.

Swain Memorial Award Winner

Eric Edwards has won this year’s $100 Swain Memorial Award, which recognizes a second-year medical student for “treating people on equal terms, showing concern for fellow classmates and possessing the skill to transfer the drudgery of the first two years of medical school into an enjoyable experience for all.” The award, voted on by fellow classmates, is named after Robert Swain, a member of the class of 1982 whose life ended tragically the summer before his second year at UC.



Second-Year Medical Students Select Apple Winners

Second-year medical students have identified three faculty members they say have offered outstanding teaching and mentorship over the last year. John Quinlan, MD, professor in neurology, was honored with the Gold Apple. Silver Apples were awarded to Ed Choi, PhD, associate professor in molecular genetics, and Laura Wexler, MD, associate dean for medical student affairs and admissions. The Gold and Silver Apple Awards program was established in 1968 by the Pi Kappa Epsilon fraternity to give the students the chance to recognize professors who had the most impact on their medical career—and life path—by serving as excellent instructors and mentors.


MEDVOUC Receives AOA Award

Medical Volunteers of UC (MEDVOUC) has received the Medical Student Service Project Award from Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) for its student-run, free medical and TB clinic at the Drop Inn Center for the homeless and health educational programs through the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati. The $1,500 award, renewable for three years, will be used to expand available services and upgrade equipment at the clinics as well as implementing new educational programming. About 100 students have been involved with MEDVOUC over the last year. For more information on MEDVOUC, contact Leah Bauer at


Radiologist Gives Guest Lecture

Fred Lee, MD, professor and chief of radiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will give an image-guided lecture on tumor ablation tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22, at noon. Lee specializes in abdominal imaging and minimally invasive tumor ablation therapy. His lecture will take place in the radiology board room, on the G-level of University Hospital. For more information, contact Marianne Niehaus at (513) 558-0175.


Daniel L. Kline Neuroscience Lecture

Joseph LeDoux, PhD, from the Center for Neural Science, New York University, will present “Fearful Brains in an Anxious World” on Thursday, May 31, at 11 a.m. in Kresge Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building. The program is sponsored by the Daniel L. Kline Neuroscience Fund, named after the former chairman of the department of physiology (1966–83). A reception will follow the talk. For more information, contact Deb Cummins at (513) 558-1703 or


Cancer Rehabilitation: An Interdisciplinary Approach

UC’s Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, PhD, Beverly Reigle, PhD, and Carolyn Nickol and Wright State University’s Karen Wonders, PhD, will talk to health care providers Wednesday, May 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Mont Reid Library of the Medical Sciences Building (room 2461) about the missing link in the care of cancer survivors—cancer rehabilitation. Cancer and treatments for the disease warrant care that prevents functional limitations, addresses recurrence factors and promotes quality of life. The speakers say an interdisciplinary health care team is well positioned to provide such care through a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Nursing continuing education credits are available and continental breakfast will be provided. For more information or to register, contact Reigle at or (513) 558-5276.


Gerontology Conference Focuses on Humanistic Aspects of Caring

The College of Nursing will host a gerontology conference titled “Celebrate Aging: Voices of Courage” on Thursday, May 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Voice of Freedom Park Conference Center in West Chester. The one-day, evidence-based workshop will focus on the humanistic aspects of caring for older adults and supporting their families. Professionals in acute, long-­term and end-of-life care are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, visit here, or contact Charles Puchta at (513) 558-2428 or


Nephrologists Featured Speakers at Renal Symposium

Mahmoud El-Khatib, MD, Kotagal Kant, MD, Max Reif, MD, and Pabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, division of nephrology and hypertension, will be featured speakers at a Saturday, June 2, symposium on chronic kidney disease. The free symposium, “A Clinical Approach to Chronic Kidney Disease,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christ Hospital Auditorium. For more information or to register, contact Julie Poux at (513) 961-8105, ext. 104. Registration deadline is May 30. The symposium is sponsored by the Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and the College of Medicine.

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